- reduced to fragments.
- existing or functioning as though broken into separate parts; disorganized; disunified: a fragmented personality; a fragmented society.
Origin of fragmented
- a part broken off or detached: scattered fragments of the broken vase.
- an isolated, unfinished, or incomplete part: She played a fragment of her latest composition.
- an odd piece, bit, or scrap.
- to collapse or break into fragments; disintegrate: The chair fragmented under his weight.
- to break (something) into pieces or fragments; cause to disintegrate: Outside influences soon fragmented the Mayan culture.
- to divide into fragments; disunify.
- Computers. to split a file into smaller parts and store in non-contiguous sectors on a disk, resulting in fragmentation of both the file and available free space on the disk.Compare fragmentation(def 4).
Origin of fragment
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Examples from the Web for fragmented
“These dictators for a long time had many political enemies, but they were fragmented,” Howard said.Is Twitter Trolling Making the Israel-Palestine Conflict Worse?
July 22, 2014
Full-scale civil wars are giving way to fragmented armed groups with decentralized power bases in remote border regions.The Curse of CAR: Warlords, Blood Diamonds, and Dead Elephants
May 25, 2014
In fragmented English, they replied, “The bunker, this no good for rockets,” and pointed at the thin ceiling.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins
May 14, 2014
The actual event underpinning his fragmented memory of being held by his arms and legs and having his pants cut still eludes him.Exclusive: ‘X-Men’ Sex Abuse Lawyer Says He Was Assaulted, Too
May 6, 2014
Fittingly, the stage is framed with light structures that remind one of what a fragmented Stargate might look like.The Naked and Famous, New Zealand’s Synthpop Quintet, Is Here to Make You Happy
November 1, 2013
The longitudinal dark lines on the dorsum are continuous to the groin in 95 specimens and fragmented in two specimens.Middle American Frogs of the Hyla microcephala Group
William E. Duellman
The fragmented articular, on the posterior end of the jaw, is 4.0 mm.A New Order of Fishlike Amphibia From the Pennsylvanian of Kansas
Theodore H. Eaton
Disconnected from the context, drawing is almost like the babble of a child, or like a fragmented, unfinished expression.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Brain drain – skilled people desert, en masse, the fragmented economic system and move to more sustainable ones.After the Rain
At the site of the junction is the Truemmerfeld area, where the normal tissue is splintered and fragmented.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
- a piece broken off or detachedfragments of rock
- an incomplete piece; portionfragments of a novel
- a scrap; morsel; bit
- to break or cause to break into fragments
Word Origin and History for fragmented
early 15c., from Latin fragmentum "a fragment, remnant," literally "a piece broken off," from root of frangere "to break" (see fraction).
by 1788 (implied in fragmented), from fragment (n.). Related: Fragmenting.
- A small part broken off or detached.
- An incomplete or isolated portion; a bit.
- To break or separate into fragments.